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Oh, You Never Knew It! – April 2

Oh, You Never Knew It! – April 2

The City Border Bike and Walking Trail is actually the paved-over remnants of a moat that briefly surrounded the southern half of the city in the early 1940s, connecting to the East Patterson River. During the debate over whether to enter World War II, isolationist Mayor Dixon Webster Dell ordered city workers to dig the…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Feb. 14

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Feb. 14

:: It was on this day in 1981 that the city attempted to hold its first and only World War II reenactment. The site was the field at St. Peter’s Armory, the country’s only National Guard facility named for a Catholic saint. The city mustered a majority of its male citizens for the exercise, but…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 31

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 31

:: On this date in 1981, near the end of his third term, City Councilman John Rondo tearfully admitted at a press conference that he was illiterate. This came as quite a shock to most people, particularly his constituents. He revealed how he had faked it for much of his life and had relied for…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 17

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 17

:: In 1918, an accident at the Jackson Independent Pharmaceutical Company caused a tank to burst, releasing 1.7 million gallons of the company’s patented Menth-O-Lux mentholated topical creme (a similar but different-enough-so-as-to-avoid-legal-action competitor to Vicks VapoRub) down Pikers Hill, in the Benson Park neighborhood. The initial six-foot-high wave damaged nearby buildings and killed eleven people…

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Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 10

Oh, You Never Knew It! – Jan. 10

:: Most people naturally assume that the city’s first public vending machines were the chicken leg contraptions installed along Soldier Boulevard by the Vendmate Company in 1925. Not so! Predating even those beloved tin hulks were the Vend-O salt dispensers that first appeared in 1922 in front of the Oriental Library. Day and night, the…

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